Meet Our Faculty

Chemical Engineering

Associate Professor Zhiyong Gu
Associate Professor Gu received a Ph.D. in Chemical and Biological Engineering and completed a dissertation in intermolecular interactions and solvents diffusion in ordered nanostructures. His interests include nanomaterials and nanotechnology. He has published and presented widely on these areas. He has been a manuscript reviewer for many professional journals and is the Associate Editor for the Journal of Nanoparticle Research. He has served as a proposal reviewer for the NIH and NSF for several years. He has conducted research and published on drug-eluding stents and carbon nanotubes, nanowires and films.

Associate Professor Carl Lawton
Associate Professor Lawton has broad experience in the development of processes for the biotech industry. As Director of the Massachusetts Biomanufacturing Center, Lawton works closely with companies on the verge of production to give them the opportunity to utilize the Center's process development and applied research to optimize time to market and to improve the quality, cost and productivity of their operations. In the 20 years that he has been at UMass Lowell, he has helped more than 15 companies bridge from biotech research to manufacturing. Over $5M has been awarded to him as Principle Investigator for research on biopharmaceutical process development and biological application to materials synthesis.

Associate Professor Sanjeev K. Manohar
Associate Professor Manohar received his Ph.D. in polymer chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania and MS degrees in organic chemistry and physical chemistry from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and University of Madras, respectively. At the University of Texas Dallas, he developed a new method to synthesize nanostructured polymers and established proof-of-concept in controlled drug delivery across the blood-brain-barrier to treat Alzheimer’s disease using these polymers as drug carriers. At UMass Lowell, Manohar has continued to improve this method and is working on biopharmaceutical approach to nanostructured polymers. In addition, he is developing biological sensors based on nanostructured electronic, organic polymers.

Associate Professor Prakash Rai
Associate Professor Rai received his Bachelor's in Chemical Engineering from the University of Mumbai, India, and his Ph.D. in Chemical and Biological Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY. He is currently working on developing translational, nanotechnology-based platforms for imaging, prevention and treatment of breast cancer. His research involves designing, synthesizing, characterizing, and evaluating the efficacy of these nano-platforms in cell culture, as well as animal models of the disease. He has several first author publications in journals including Nature Biotechnology, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Angewandte Chemie, and Cancer Research. In 2010, he was chosen to receive the "Scholar in Training" award by the American Association of Cancer Research. Recently he received the "Pathway to Independence" career development grant award from the National Cancer Institute.

Assistant Professor and Director of the MA Biomanufacturing Center Seongkyu Yoon
Assistant Professor Yoon received a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from McMaster University and is interested in bioengineering and biopharmaceutics. He is a member of the International Society of Biopharmaceutical Engineers. He has received funding to conduct biopharmaceutical consortia on campus and has presented his work both locally and internationally at biopharmaceutical summits. Yoon is interested in integrating biosensing technology with biopharmaceutical development and manufacturing, as well as studying a blood biomarker for Alzheimer’s disease.